Recently, I came across an inspiring post on LinkedIn by someone who had quit her job at one of the largest e-commerce platforms to date. It is indeed a privilege to be securing a position in a big company. Especially during these unprecedented times where companies are downsizing and retrenching due to economic impact by the pandemic. Although that is the case, it does not mean that people should not quit their jobs when it is taking a toll on their mental well-being.
Social Pressure: The Need to Stay in Your Job Because How Others Perceive It
Whether you agree or disagree with this statement, society is constantly pressuring one and another when it comes to jobs. According to a study by Gallup in 2013, only 13% of people in the world feel satisfied in their jobs. The remaining number sparks a curiosity – what could be the reasons these people are not content with what they are doing? The answer is social and peer pressure. We are so caught up with how people perceive us including our type of occupations, that we forget to put ourselves first.
This is because we want to be able to show people that we are doing great in life and have the ideal job with a stable income. Peculiarly after the rise of LinkedIn, ambitious individuals often post about their achievements and accomplishments. Subconsciously we feel like we have to be on their level to be accepted by society. When in reality, everyone works at a different pace and everyone’s career journeys differ.
Therefore, how do you tell if what you are doing now is worthwhile? How do you convince yourself that quitting your job is the right decision?
Why You (Might) Feel Like Quitting Your Job
I am sure everyone can relate to how difficult it has been working amidst the pandemic. The statistics of mental health issues worldwide related to working from home is deeply worrying. According to Forbes, these are some of the mental health responses from their survey:
- More than half of respondents have taken a “mental health day” since they started working from home, due to the pandemic
- 50% of respondents claimed that their sleep patterns have been interrupted due to COVID-19
- 45% say they feel less healthy mentally while working from home
There are numerous reasons as to why this happens, minimal physical interaction being one of them. We are tied to the idea of seeing other people on a daily basis that it is hard to cope with the new norm. In fact, there are also people who are staying alone who sometimes have zero interaction. Not only that, workload increases due to the reason “not being able to go out, so more work”. By the end of the day, people are worn out leaving them no energy to do things that they find joy in.
Why It’s Okay to Quit Your Job and Focus on Yourself
If work has become too overwhelming for you to bear with, it is okay to leave. We often think about why it is not okay to leave our job and the consequences to it. On the contrary, we should be able to have a mindset shift where there is always a silver lining when it comes to situations like these.
Let’s start taking care of ourselves. After the transition of working from home, there is no denying that people work longer hours and there seems to be no boundaries between employers and employees. Working at the office helps us to be more productive and motivated. However, being at home makes us lesser and instead it constantly drains us. Not everyone is able to adapt to the new norm and we do have a choice in how we deal with things.
Your current job may be the right one for you, but what if you are struggling?
You might like your job and what you are doing, but you might also face personal issues at home that is pulling you down. Not only that, you might also feel that you do not resonate with your company’s values and beliefs anymore especially in the COVID-19 era. The factors contributing to a poor mental health would affect your overall performance making it seem unworthy of your time and energy.
There are times where we are dreading to start work every morning, feeling burnout without knowing the exact reason or losing interest in what we used to love doing. Therefore, it’s okay to take a break from your job. Use the time you have to think thoroughly what you want. We deserve a peaceful mind to be able to make the best decisions possible, not being stuck where we are at just because other people tell us to. After all, the greatest things do not come easily. As long we stay hopeful, patient and motivated.